Grosjean encouraged by E20 performance
11 February 2012 – Romain Grosjean was back behind the wheel of his Lotus E20 to round off the first pre-season test at Jerez de la Frontera on Friday. With only minor water leaks hindering the Enstone squad's closing day in Spain, Grosjean managed to complete 95 laps of the 4.4-km circuit, finishing the day in fifth position.
“Everything is feeling good," said the Frenchman. "This morning we tried a number of different things on the car, including my first run on the soft tyre. In the afternoon we tried longer runs. Once it warmed up, the track temperature was hotter than yesterday which helps our understanding of the E20 in different conditions.
"It’s strange to think that we are already a third of the way through pre-season testing. We are pushing to get as much achieved as possible. I’m really enjoying being in the car even though it is hard work.
The Frenchman went on to discuss his fitness level, having raced in GP2 last year. With the test now complete, Grosjean feels his body has coped well.
"So far my fitness has been good, my neck’s not too bad, but we’ll see how it feels tomorrow," he added. "I think everyone will benefit from next week away from the circuit so we can reflect on the data then go to Barcelona with some new parts for the car. I can’t wait.”
Grosjean will be back testing for Lotus over 1000 kilometres North East of Jerez in ten days, with the paddock moving to the Circuit de Catalunya in ten day's time. Testing duties will again be shared with former title-winning team-mate Kimi Räikkönen.